Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (15-6, 2.94 ERA) is scheduled to make his penultimate start of the season Friday. Washington general manager Mike Rizzo declared that the 24-year-old's final outing would come next Wednesday against the Mets. Entering Friday's start, Strasburg sits at 156 1/3 innings.
"I don't think he is going to fight me on it," Rizzo said. "I know he will be unhappy about it. He is an ultra competitor. We have taken that out of his hands. This is a developmental decision and it ultimately falls on the doorstep of the general manager, and we made it five months ago and we are going to stick to it."
The Marlins will counter with 21-year-old Jacob Turner, who will pitch on eight days' rest as Miami also takes caution with its young right-hander. Turner was initially scheduled to start Tuesday, but was provided a few extra days to preserve his arm.
Turner, acquired from the Tigers on July 23 as part of a package for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, has thrown 135 innings between the Minors and big leagues this season. Last year, he compiled 143 2/3 innings between both levels.
"Your conditioning throughout the season really comes into play this month," said Turner, who is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in two starts for the Marlins. "Obviously, your body is getting tired and everything like that. But if you condition the right way throughout the season, you're more prepared for it."
Turner benefited from his stint in Detroit, where he observed Justin Verlander, who has tossed more than 200 innings in each of the last six seasons.
"Obviously, he works really hard at what he does," Turner said. "He's got an unbelievable amount of talent. At the same time, he uses his body really efficiently in how he throws. He knows really what it takes for his arm to rebound, and to go from start to start, you have to find what works for you, because everybody's arm is really different.
"I think for every pitcher, it's going to be a little bit different. Some guys, their arms feel better if they throw a little bit more. Some guys, their arms feel better if they throw a little less. You've got to tweak until you find what works best for you."
In his last outing, Turner yielded three runs on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings of an 8-4 loss to the Nationals.
Marlins: Oviedo has Tommy John surgery
Reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday morning and is expected to miss about a year of action.
Oviedo was serving an eight-week suspension for falsifying his identity when he felt discomfort in his right elbow in July. An MRI exam revealed a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm.
Manager Ozzie Guillen isn't much of a proponent for six-man rotations, but he sees the necessity in employing one down the stretch to ease the burden on Turner and fellow rookie Nathan Eovaldi.
"I'm not a fan for a lot of different reasons," Guillen said. "But why we're doing it here, we've got to protect Turner, Eovaldi. Those two kids."
Nationals: Burnett to test elbow Saturday
Reliever Sean Burnett plans to play catch Saturday to test out his sore elbow that has kept him out of action since Sunday.
If all goes well with the session, the Nationals are hoping Burnett could return to action as soon as Monday against the Mets.
"[The doctor] thinks it was more like an inflamed nerve," Johnson said. "Hopefully that medication ... will clear it up."
Burnett has a 2.49 ERA in 61 appearances this season.
Marlins southpaw Mark Buehrle needs 26 1/3 more innings to reach 200 frames for the 12th straight season.
Miami second baseman Donovan Solano has at least one hit in 17 of his last 19 games.